Sometimes it can be difficult to live in a hyper-connected world. There are so many benefits that come along with advancements in technology, but there are some downsides as well. One of the downsides is that we are inundated with bad news. I can't get on Facebook or Twitter, I can't turn on the T.V. or radio, without seeing or hearing something heartbreaking. We see it all, from hurricanes to hate crimes, from terrorism to human trafficking. We are constantly being informed of tragedies all over the world.
Having access to bad news isn't always a bad thing. One positive is that it gives us an opportunity to do something about it. When we see the devastation from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma it can move us to give and to help those who were impacted. But on the other hand, the constant bombardment of bad news can also numb us to the problems of our world and sometimes even paralyze us. We get so overwhelmed by all of the negativity that we feel like there's no point in doing anything because we'll never be able to fix everything. I know that I've felt this way many times.
But recently I started doing something new. It's been really good for me, and it's helped me change my focus and my mindset. So I wanted to share it with you and encourage you to try it out. O.k., so here's what I've been doing...
When I see something good, I share it. If I'm on social media and I see a story that's encouraging, I share it. The other day I saw an article about how churches and faith-based organizations provide the bulk of disaster recovery in the aftermath of major natural disasters. It was a really inspiring article so I shared it on my Facebook page. Whenever I see good news, I am trying my best to notice it, to acknowledge it, and to share it with someone else. It's not limited to social media though. I am trying to do this in my conversations with friends and family. When I'm at the coffee shop or the grocery store, when I'm out on a run or at the park with my kids, I am looking for something good to share. And the rule is, when I see it, I share it.
I've been at this now for a few weeks, and I've noticed a pretty big change in my focus. I'm finding that the more I do this, the more natural it becomes for me to look for the good things in life. At first, I had to really work to find something positive to share. But in only a few short weeks, I'm seeing good news everywhere I go. Most often it's little things. Like yesterday when my son was crying and my daughter gave him one of her favorite toys to help him calm down. When I saw her do that, I stopped and told her how proud of her I was for being kind and generous. When I see something good, I share it.
The truth is, I still see the same amount of bad news that I've always seen. That's not going to change any time soon. But looking for good things and then sharing those things has actually made me care more about the bad things. Here's why. Because when you know how good life can be, you want that good life for those who don't have it. Searching for good doesn't mean you hide from the bad. It just means you refuse to let the bad keep you from finding good, sharing good, and doing good.
So ... what about you? What good things have you seen lately? What good things do you need to share? The world is desperate for some good news. So go on. Share yours with the world.